Things to see
& do sights & experiences
Phra Phutthanirokhantarai Chaiwat Chaturathit
or called "Phra Si Mum Muang" is a Buddha image of southern
Thailand and is a sacred relic of Phatthalung. It is housed in a square
pavilion in an area between the provincial hall and the provincial court.
This bronze image in the meditation posture was given to the province
by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1968.
Tham Khuha Sawan
is at the foot of Khao Khuha Sawan near Phatthalung market. A left-hand
road at Khao Hua Taek takes visitors to the temple. The temple was built
in the Ayutthaya period and was later upgraded to be the first royal
temple in the province. Inside the cave is a large reclining Buddha
image and another in a sitting posture. The cave walls and entrance
are full of initials of many kings and royal family members.
Phu Khao Ok Thalu
can be accessed from Wat Khuha Sawan by taking Highway No. 4047. Khao
Ok Thalu rises majestically east of the train station. This mountain
is a symbol of the province. It is about 250 meters high. Stairs lead
up to the summit where visitors can get a panoramic view of the province.
The name of the mountain derives from a hole near the top that allows
people to see through it.
is in Tambon Lam Pam, 6 kilometers from the city on Highway No. 4047
(on the same route as Khao Ok Thalu). This is an important historical
site of the province. It was built by Phraya Phatthalung (Thongkhao)
in the reign of King Rama III and was once the place where government
officials performed allegiance pledges in the early Rattanakosin period.
Inside the convocation hall are murals of dusted paint in the time of
King Rama IV about the biography of Lord Buddha and about angels. The
main plaster Buddha image is from the same period. A total of 108 images
line the balcony around the building.
Chao Muang Phatthalung (Wang Kao-Wang Mai)
is at Tambon Lam Pam, near Wat Wang. Originally a government place and
the home of the city lord, the part called Wang Kao built in the time
of Phraya Phatthalung (Noi Chantharotchanawong) when he was the provincial
governor. The palace later became the property of Mrs. Praphai Mutamara,
the daughter of Luang Si Worachat. The new palace, or Wang Mai, was
built in 1889 by Phraya Aphaiborirakchakrawichitphiphitphakdi (Net Chantharotchanawong),
the son of Phraya Phatthalung, then the provincial governor. The Chantharotchanawong
family has given this palace to the country. The Fine Arts Department
declared it a national historical site in 1983
Phraya Thukrat monument (Chuai)
is at Tha Miram intersection in Phatthalung municipality. Records show
that Phraya Thukrat was a monk named Phra Maha Chuai who resided at
Wat Pa Lilai during the reign of King Rama I. When the Nine Armies War
took place, Phra Maha Chuai rallied villagers to help Phraya Phatthalung
defeat Burmese forces. When he left the monkhood, he was appointed by
the king to be Phraya Thukrat to help the city lord. His title of Phraya
was of the same level as the city lord.
Hat Saen Suk Lam Pam
is about 2 kilometers past Wat Wang on Highway No. 4047. This shady
pine-fringed beach on the bank of Songkhla Lake, the largest freshwater
lake in Thailand. In the middle of the rotary is a sculpture of a school
of Lam Pam fish native to the area. A water pavilion named Sala Lam
Pam Thi Rak is ideal for viewing the scenery. A bridge spans the beach
and an islet created by sediment from the river. In Lam Pam Lake are
dolphins, which can be seen frequently.
is Ban Khok Wua, Tambon Chai Buri, Amphoe Muang. The village is about
6 kilometers from the city on the road from Sai Yuan intersection. The
village is famous for making products from coconut shells, now called
the Million Baht Coconut Shell Village. The community leader, Mr. Plum
Chukhong, pioneered the idea of getting villagers to make products from
coconut shells that can be found locally. Products include kitchenware,
household items and decorations. Eventually over 100 households began
such an industry and later received support from the Industrial Promotion
Department. Popular items are spoons, coffee cups, mugs, ladles, plates,
bowls, lamps, and other decorations sold domestically and to 16 countries
worldwide. Visitors interested in seeing demonstrations and buying products
can contact Mr. Plum Chukhong, No. 42, Mu 1, Ban Khok Wua, Tambon Chai
Buri, tel. 01-4655751.
Amphoe Ban Kaeo
Khlong Hu Rae
is in Tambon Tha Madua, approximately 33 kilometers from Phatthalung
city. Take the Phetchakasem Road for about 20 kilometers, turn left
onto Khao Chai Son-Chong Ke road (Highway No. 4081) and turn right at
the Khao Chai Son district office onto a laterite road for around 5
kilometers to the site. There are hired motorcycles in front of the
office. Khlong Hu Rae is a wide canal with clear water. The canal bed
is sandy, with rocks in the deeper parts. The canal is ideal for rest
and swimming. Food stalls and restaurants provide good food for tourists.
Shadow play handicrafts village
is at Mu 1, Ban Bang Kaeo, Tambon Tha Madua. It is about 9 kilometers
from the Phetchakasem-railway intersection and 200 meters from the railway
to the center. The total distance from Phatthalung city to the village
is about 36 kilometers. The village has 25 members, all of whom make
shadow play figures from hides in various styles made to order. The
work is delicate and beautiful. The products are sold nationwide and
exported to about 16 countries. For persons interested in seeing and
buying shadow play products, please contact Mr. Im Chanchum, the center's
president, or the Amphoe Bang Kaeo Community Development Office at tel.
Amphoe Khao Chai Son
Than Nam Yen hot spring
can be reached by driving southerly from the province on Highway No.
4 for 25 kilometers to Km. 47 (Ban Tha Nang Phrom), then turn left onto
Highway No. 4081 to Amphoe Khao Chai Son for 7 kilometers. At Sukhaphiban
Road, Soi 2 next to the district office is an asphalt road on the right-hand
side. Take that road for 1 kilometer to Khao Chai Son cliff. The spring
area is a recreation site. About 300 meters further is Wat Bo Nam Ron.
The hot spring is believed to be holy in that spring water can cure
a few ailments.
Wat Khian Bang Kaeo
is on Highway No. 4081, 7 kilometers past Khao Chai Son district office,
in the area of Ban Bang Kaeo at Km. 14. A left-hand road leads to the
temple. Wat Khian is situated on the bank of Songkhla Lake. This old
monastery has the sacred Phra That Bang Kaeo, built in the same style
as Phra Maha That Chedi in Nakhon Si Thammarat but smaller. This is
one of the oldest historical sites of Phatthalung, dating back to the
early Ayutthaya period. It is believed that the temple area was once
the site of Phatthalung town because many laterite ruins and Buddha
images have been found here.
Laem Chong Thanon
is at Tambon Chong Thanon. To get there from Amphoe Muang, drive along
Phetchakasem Road and turn left past Khao Chai Son for 12 kilometers.
The total distance is about 39 kilometers. Laem Chong Thanon is a fisherman's
village on a dirt hill that slopes down to Songkhla Lake that has saline
water. The village has a good view of islands and the surrounding area.
is in Ban Phut Forest Protection Unit in Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve,
Tambon Khlong Chaloem. To get there, go from Khlong Muai by the Tambon
Lam Sin-Ban Kong Ra road (Highway No. 4122) for about 20 kilometers.
The waterfall entrance is to the west about 3 kilometers away. This
is a large waterfall with serene natural surroundings that are rich
in tropical flora. A parking area and a restaurant are available.
Amphoe Khuan Khanun
Noi Waterfowl Reserve
is the largest waterfowl reserve in Thailand. It can be reached via
Highway No. 4048 from Amphoe Muang to Amphoe Khuan Khanun and to Thale
Noi, for a total distance of 32 kilometers. The road is paved asphalt
all the way. The reserve is the responsibility of the Royal Forestry
Department and covers 450 square kilometers, divided into 422 square
kilometers of land (94%) and 28 square kilometers of water (6%), or
sea is 5 kilometers wide and 6 kilometers long with an average depth
of 1.2 meters. The sea is covered with assorted flora such as lotus,
bulrush, reed, and grass used for thatching. More than 187 species of
waterfowls, migratory and indigenous birds make their home at Thale
Noi. Some live here throughout the year and some migrate only in winter
from October to March when the population density is at its highest.
The low season is June-September which is the nesting period. Species
that are prevalent here are those of the heron and stork family such
as yellow bittern, great egret, painted stork, red stork; ducks such
as lesser whistling duck, cotton pygmy goose, and garganey; grebe; rails
such as white-browed crake, white-breasted waterhen, watercock, common
moorhen, and Eurasian coot; jacanas such as pheasant-tailed jacana and
bronze-winged jacana; cormorants such as great cormorant and little
cormorant; black-winged stilt; Brahminy kite; red-wattled lapwing; whiskered
tern; common kingfisher; and barn swallow. The best time to study flora
and fauna is during October-March when there is an abundance of birds
and pink lotus in full bloom cover the reserve. Moreover, tourists can
visit villages and see cottage industries like reed mat making. Thale
Noi has been named the first world wetland site in Thailand. This aims
to preserve the sustainable ecology of the area, one that is being developed
into one of the country's most important nature study centers. As such,
there is careful control of eco-tourism in Thale Noi in order to minimize
impact on the environment. Tourists can take boats from Thale Noi pier
and go on two routes; the first one for tourists with services by the
Thale Noi community and the second for academics and nature study by
requesting permission and guide from a reserve official. The reserve
has comfortable accommodation. For more information, please contact
the Royal Forestry Department in Bangkok, tel. 5797223, 5795734, and
Thale Noi Non-hunting Area, Tel. (074) 615722. Travel to Thale Noi is
easy by boat and car. Access can be made from seaside districts like
Ranot, Sathing Phra and Muang of Songkhla, and Pak Phayun, Khuan Khanun
and Muang of Phatthalung. Visitors by train can alight at Pak Khlong
station and continue by car to Thale Noi for 8 kilometers.
Amphoe Pak Phayun
Ko Si and Ko Ha
is in Songkhla Lake and can be reached by leaving from Tambon Lam Pam
pier (25 kilometers) or Pak Phayun pier (10 kilometers). The traveling
time is about 1 hour. The islands are home of flocks of sea swallows,
so many that they are called Ko Rang Nok (bird's nest island). Concessions
are given out for the collection of the nests for sale. The natural
beauty of the islands is one of the finest in Phatthalung. King Rama
V once visited here and left his initials on a cliff. Nearby is a monument
of him. As Ko Si and Ko Ha are concession areas of the private sector,
permission must first be obtained in Pak Phayun district.
Amphoe Si Banphot
Khao Pu Khao Ya National Park
is in Ban Nai Wang, Tambon Khao Pu, about 37 kilometers from the city.
Take Highway No. 41 to Amphoe Khuan Khanun, then turn left onto Highway
No. 4164 to Amphoe Si Banphot. Drive for 17 kilometers, and then turn
left for 4 kilometers to the park headquarters. The area is still a
dense jungle. Flora here includes hardwood trees and animals are rhinoceros,
tapir, monkey, and birds. The total area is 694 square kilometers. The
park has the following places of interest:
Matcha Pla Won cave
is near the park headquarters. Inside the cave are beautiful curtain-like
stalactites and stalagmites. A pond 400 of square meters is full of
fish. This pond was formed from water that flows through Khao Nai Wang.
The cave entrance is black rock and covered with shady trees.
Riang Thong waterfall
is around 3 kilometers from Talat Khao Pu community. The source originates
from the Banthat and Nakhon Si Thammarat mountain ranges. The waterfall
is called the Hundred-level Waterfall. The loveliest level is the 13th
level where visitors can see Thale Noi and Khao Pu-Khao Ya.
Pha Phung observation point
is about 250 meters from the park headquarters. The outstanding feature
of the cliff is that during February-April of every year, bees will
make hives here numbering in the hundreds. When the rainy season comes,
the bees will abandon the hives. The observation point gives a good
view of the park and its flora.
Nature trails are near the park
headquarters. There are 2 trails that are ideal for studying flora.
Moreover, in the area of the headquarters is a tourist service center
that is a small exhibition place for publicizing useful information
for tourists. The park has set up a good exhibition of pictures with
captions, plus a park official to help explain and answer questions.
A meeting room is available for conferences and seminars. It can hold
up to 30 people. In addition, there are about 50 tent sites around the
park. For information on overnighting, please contact the park headquarters
at Mu 9, Tambon Khao Pu, Amphoe Si Banphot, tel. (074) 619654.
Tamot waterfall or Mom Chui waterfall
is 12 kilometers from the district office. Take Highway No. 4121 and
Highway No. 4137 (south of Phatthalung city) from Highway No. 4 all
the way to Wat Tamot. The waterfall is located in Tamot Wildlife Protection
Unit, about 4-5 kilometers past the temple. The waterfall is in the
middle of a lush forest. The waterfall falls down several levels that
have different names to a pool below. A wide rock plateau is suitable
Si Nakharin sudistrict
is at Tambon Ban Na, about 21 kilometers from Phatthalung city on the
Phatthalung-Trang road (Phetchakasem Highway No. 4). The cave is about
500 meters from the road. The cave features stalagmites and stalactites,
as well as a huge hall that is a natural work of art. The cave has two
levels; the first is on level ground whereas the second is underground.
The cave houses many Buddha images in different postures. Apart from
its natural tranquility, the cave is noteworthy as a famous place for
is in Mu 4, Tambon Ban Na, on the same way to Khao Khram waterfall.
It is about 3 kilometers from Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road).
Khao Banthat Wildlife Reserve
is at Tambon Ban Na, 27 kilometers from Phatthalung city on Highway
No. 4. The park has an area of 167 square kilometers, covering Trang,
Songkhla and Satun. The topography is mountainous. It is a watershed
of several rivers and the home to many valuable plants.